Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Helpful Hint For Getting Eye Drops Into Kid's Eyes - WFMW

Sarah woke up on Sunday morning with her left eye puffy and matted.

Pink eye!

I knew it was bound to happen. Her friend Cheyanne had pink eye the week before so I knew it was only a matter of time until Sarah got it.

And I knew the doctor was going to prescribe the dreaded eye drops. And I knew it was going to be a battle to get them into her eyes.

But the doctor gave me a helpful hint which has worked well for us.

She suggested that Sarah lie down on the couch and close her eyes. Then I was instructed to put a couple of the eye drops just slightly above the corner of her eye and have her start blinking.

The eye drops roll down into her eyes as she is blinking.

And believe it or not, this has worked so well for us. I don't have to pry her eyelids open to get the drops in. She doesn't scream when the drops land in her eyes or when they miss her eyes all together and end up in her nose because she's kicking and screaming.

Sarah actually seems to enjoy taking eye drops now. In fact, she asks if it's "time to do the drops".

Side note - A funny thing that we have discovered is that Sarah has a hard time blinking when she's lying down. When I tell her to blink she squeezes her eyes closed and begins to open and close her mouth instead of opening and closing her eyes. She looks like a fish gulping for air. So to combat this, after I squeeze in the drops, I have her sit up slightly before she begins to blink.


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19 comments:

Kimberly said...

That's exactly what the doc told me when Quinn got pink eye. Only he was 8 months old at the time. And he couldn't understand when I told him to blink. I would put the drops on the corner and then call his name. When he looked at me, he "blinked" and the drops went rolling in.

I like this method since I didn't have to touch his eyes. I can catch pinkeye so easily....I'll probably get it just from reading this post! hee hee

He And Me + 3 said...

I never heard that before...I will have to try the next time. Thanks!

Evden said...

I will have to remember that one. I thought you had to get it in the corner of the eye and then it would roll in. I will have to try putting them in a little above. Thanks!

Lee and Beth said...

Oh, not pink eye. The poor thing. I used to get eye infections a lot when I was a kid. Not fun. Hope it clears up soon. :) Great tip, by the way.

Raise Them Up said...

My boys hate drops too. Oh my goodness, do they hate them! I've tried the drops in the corner thing and it works for one, but not the other two.

So this last go around, the doctor suggested having the child stand, tilt his head back, and take both hands (one on each cheek) and pull the skin down. It creates a dish out of their lower lid and you plunk the drops in the read part. My boys declared this the best way.

I like it too, because half the battle of the "lying down method" was getting them to LIE DOWN!!! lol!

Hope your daughter is feeling better quickly, and that you are able to confine the infection. :)

Blessings!

shopannies said...

thats great that the trick is working
I was 9 months pregnant and ready to deliver when my 2 oldest had pink eye I caught it and when baby was born could not touch her oh my it was so sad we learned early about pink eye
thanks for sharing your trick

Annikke said...

What a great tip! Thanks! I hate eyes drops... it usually takes my husband and me both holding the child down. I need to try this tip next time!

Carol said...

Oooh clever. I will remember that. Don't suppose you have a handy tip for cutting my 2 year olds toe nails without him screaming and kicking like I'm trying to chop his foot off?

JamericanSpice said...

Wow this is so helpful! I have kids and need to know this.

I hope she gets better soon.

Denise said...

Awesome idea.

EntertainingMom said...

Our tried and true method. Works like a charm, doesn't it!

Laural Out Loud said...

I had the hardest time giving myself eyedrops, and figured out that if I close my eyes it's so much easier. I do the same for my daughter now, and you're right, it's sooo much easier! So funny about how your daughter opens her mouth instead, lol.

jennwa said...

Sorry about sharing pink eye with Sarah, but look at the great tip you got from it.

I am glad Sarah got over it quickly.

Merrily Down the Stream said...

Great tip - wished I'd know about it several years ago...

Momisodes said...

Aww, poor thing. Pink eye is no fun. Sounds like she's taking it like a champ though. Hope it clears up soon!

Jennifer said...

What a great tip! I wish someone had told me this years ago when I had to have someone hold my child while I did the pry the eye open thing. So much less stressful. LOL!
Smiles!

My Goodness said...

Awesome tip!! WOW!!

But the fish comment really cracked me up!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this tip! After pinning my son down this morning for his drops it prompted me to Google "getting eye drops in your kid" and your post came up. We'll be trying this tonight.

AllisontheImp said...

This worked for me and my daughter this morning. She's a 7 year old squirmer who fights every step of the way. I couldn't get her to stop clenching her eyes closed or looking at the vial which made her clench even more. I was able to place the drop in the corner and she was able to control everything else. Now I am sure she's getting the medicine instead of crying it out. Thanks so much for the tip! =)